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September 2022

Hold Fast

Fellow Christian, you have been called to a life of striving. Living for Jesus in the midst of a fallen world means that all of your movement toward Christ and Christlikeness will be opposed strongly by a powerful current running in the opposite direction. Even now, the prevailing current of the culture and our own sin-nature is pulling strongly at our hearts and minds. There is a strong downward pull to these days that we are living in.

Hebrews 10:24-25, sits squarely in the midst of a


Romans 12:10
The first sentence of this verse contains two different Greek words for love. Love (philostorgos) one another with brotherly affection (philadelphia). What does it mean to philostorgos one another with philadelphia? And how do these Greek words for love differ from “agape,” that Greek word that we commonly associate with the sacrificial love that Jesus demonstrated on the cross?
The second sentence of this verse says

Confess Your Sins

James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

When it comes to our struggles with sin, lonely defeats will one day bring lonely victories, and God is not glorified in a lonely, hidden victory. “Why would the victory be hidden,” you might ask. Because, for someone who has hidden their defeats, telling of a victory would be a tacit confession to the “s

August 2022

Build and Encourage

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” The one-another commands in this verse are to encourage and build up, but that instantly begs a follow up question, doesn’t it? Encourage toward what? Should a person be encouraged in every behavior and attitude? Clearly, not. And who builds anything without some kind of blueprint? What exactly are we striving to construct when we build one another up? The objective this Sunda

An Introduction to One Another

“One another” is such a common phrase in the Bible that it would be easy to skip right by it without pausing to dwell on its significance. For example, In the Bible we are told to Love OA, Be Devoted to OA, Honor OA, Live in Harmony with OA, Accept OA, Look out for OA, Greet OA with a holy kiss, Serve OA, Carry OA’s burdens, Bear with OA, Be Kind to OA, Be compassionate to OA, Forgive OA, Teach OA, Admonish OA, Encourage OA, Build OA Up, Spur OA on toward love and good deeds, Meet with OA

The Pearl of Great Value

Those of us who have found Jesus and who have put our trust in Him for salvation know what a treasure He is. We have found in Him a hope that will not fail. There is a shining excellence that hangs around all of His promises. We have found a better and an abiding possession in him and this allows us to hold onto things in this life with a loose grip. In Him, we have found a forever home and a life full of purpose and meaning. We find that we can even approach death with a light heart. Those

July 2022

How Did I Get Here

Listen in as we hear what the Lord has laid upon the heart of one of our Deacons, Tim Tarr.

What Do We Do?

There is something in all of us that resists change. I believe much of it is rooted in our fear of the uncertainty of it. I was thinking of the Hebrews as they left Egypt. Just a mere 45 days after being freed from the slavery and oppression of Pharaoh their cry was to turn back for the consistency of where they had come. Exodus 16 recounts,

“The whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the people of Israel said to them,

Robes of Righteousness

We conclude our current sermon series focusing on those passages that highlight pieces of clothing by studying Isaiah 61 together. One the occasion when Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth, Jesus stood up in the synagogue and read a portion of this chapter (Luke 4:16-21), and after reading it He said, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” So, Jesus’ own testimony about Isaiah 61 is that it is about Himself. Isaiah 61 is remarkable for all the generous, posi

Who Touched My Garments

Poor, Jairus! His daughter was dying. His child who he had quieted after nightmares, and carried on his shoulders to the marketplace, and who he had served and protected with all the tender devotion of a Father was struggling to draw another ragged breath. He stood there feeling helpless. Terribly helpless.

When he had left her bedside, she had looked as though she might die at any moment. Her limp hair had been plastered against her sweaty brow. He needed a miracle, and so he had le